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The American experience comes alive through writing, outstanding photography & artwork. American History is the leading popular magazine that explores the rich texture of the American experience through engaging writing and outstanding photography and artwork. The magazine’s lively storytelling, thought-provoking essays and more bring America’s past alive in every issue.

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Fat Cats and Vagabonds

Peter Carlson | Published: June 06, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and John Burroughs were unlikely camping buddies

Table of Contents - August 2013

Published: June 03, 2013 at 1:19 pm
The August 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on photographer Edward S. Curtis, signers of the Declaration of Independence, Edison, Ford and Firestone's camping adventure, West Virginia's secession, and Ronald Reagan reborn.

The First: Solar-Powered Business

Christine Kreiser | Published: May 14, 2013 at 10:07 am
Popular Science (left) featured Aubrey Eneas' massive solar reflector on its cover in 1934, more than 30 years after it awed visitors at the Cawston Ostrich Farm (right). Edwin Cawston's ostrich farm in South Pasadena, Calif., was a bona fide …

The House Where Longfellow Lived

Stephen Harrigan | Published: May 13, 2013 at 11:35 am
The Cambridge, Mass., home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow nurtured his poetic talents and harbored his greatest tragedy.

Table of Contents - June 2013 American History

Published: May 08, 2013 at 4:57 pm
The June 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on Patriotism during the War of 1812, Mark Twain's Great Adventure to Hawaii, Wilson at War and in Love, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's House in Cambridge, Mass., Civil War and American Art, the First Slaves at Jamestown

Touring the Erie Canal

Gene Santoro | Published: March 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm
The Erie Canal Historical Corridor offers visitors a wealth of historic sites, beautiful scenery, unique shops and excellent restaurants.

Jackie Robinson: Baseball's Noble Experiment

William Kashatus | Published: February 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm
Jackie Robinson broke the "color line" in baseball, the first African American to play on an integrated major league team. He endured with dignity the racism of many fans and other players and opened major league ball for all black players.

Letter From American History

Published: February 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm
Stolen Treasures A hallmark of American democracy we tend to take for granted is that records kept by the government belong to the people. At the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and its satellite locations, the general public has access …

American History on the Web - Savages and Scoundrels

Gene Santoro | Published: February 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire Through Indian Territory Companion book by Paul VanDevelder (Yale) Making history fun isn't always easy, especially when the topics are gnarly. But this brilliant one-two combo of engaging …

Thaddeus Stevens

Peter Carlson | Published: February 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Meet the real Thaddeus Stevens, the man who inspired Tommy Lee Jones' impassioned performance in Spielberg's Lincoln.

The Men Who Built America - A Preview

Gerald D. Swick | Published: October 09, 2012 at 12:42 pm
A new HISTORY miniseries, 'The Men Who Built America,' examines the lives and times of Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and others.

Letter From American History - December 2012

Published: September 21, 2012 at 11:49 am
E Pluribus Unum Could the United States have found a way to coexist with American Indians? In retrospect, the way of life Indians knew for centuries appears to have been doomed from the moment European settlers began colonizing the New …

Tribe Apart

David Grogan | Published: September 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm
Wounded modern-day warriors find solace and strength at the historic Battle of the Bulge site

American History Interviews Psychologist Jonathan Haidt

Stephen L. Petranek | Published: August 01, 2012 at 11:40 am
Jonathan Haidt explains the psychology behind our polarized politics

When Everybody Loved Congress

Robert M. Poole | Published: August 01, 2012 at 11:39 am
Harry Truman took on wasteful contractors during World War II and improved Congress' public image.

Abraham Lincoln's Refuge

Harold Holzer | Published: June 28, 2012 at 10:40 am
In the summer of 1862, Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation at a roomy cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers Home outside Washington, D.C.
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